Meet Our Directors


Youth Symphony Director, Dr. Joseph Rodgers
Dr. Joseph Rodgers is in his 8th season as Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) musical director. He previously served on the Board and has played cello as a soloist with YSO. He serves as the Director of Orchestral Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has taught privately and served as adjunct professor at several Midwest colleges, as well as performed extensively.



Youth Philharmoni & NorthStar Strings Director, Mark Wamma

Alum of MAYE, Mark Wamma is proud to be a member of the group once again. Mark graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A. in Music focusing on violin performance. In addition to working with MAYE, he performs with several regional ensembles. Mark is also a founding member of the River Valley String Quartet, performs as a freelance musician, and teaches private lessons.








Youth Winds Director, 
Dr. Amy K. Roisum Foley
Amy K. Roisum Foley is currently in her 15th year as the Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she administrates and conducts the concert bands and the Fanfare Brass and Percussion. She also teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, upper-level instrumental music education and upper level theory and analysis courses. Roisum Foley has served as guest conductor and clinician for honor bands and festivals in the US, Canada, Spain, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic. 

Roisum Foley is the co-founder (2005) of the Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble, a semi-professional wind ensemble; is Past-President for the Minnesota Music Educators Association; and is thrilled to partner with the Mankato Area Youth Symphony Orchestra and to serve as conductor for the Mankato Area Youth Wind Ensemble!


Summer Winds Director, 
Dave Stordalen

A 20 year veteran of public school education in North Dakota and Minnesota and current Director of Bands for New Ulm High School. Performs regularly in the region in the Armstrong Boulevard Brass Quintet, the Southern Minnesota Real Big Band and the Rock/R and B band Powerhouse. Thirty year veteran of the Army National Guard currently serving as Bandmaster of the 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Band in Rosemount, MN. Also, father to three amazing children.